Nailed for pass­ing school bus

Po­lice in un­marked car see in­ci­dent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

A P.E.I. mo­torist has been nailed in court with a $2,000 fine for pass­ing a school bus that was stopped to load chil­dren.

Justin Bradley Mur­phy, 24, of Sum­mer­side was found guilty at trial in Char­lot­te­town pro­vin­cial court on Mon­day.

The court was told that on Sept. 18, Mur­phy passed a school bus stopped on Lower Malpeque Road in West Roy­alty with red flash­ing lights and its stop sign clearly dis­played, said a re­port is­sued Tues­day by the RCMP.

An un­marked Queens District RCMP po­lice ve­hi­cle hap­pened to be fol­low­ing Mur­phy at the time, said the re­port.

“(The RCMP is) re­mind­ing Is­land mo­torists of the se­ri­ous­ness of pass­ing a school bus and se­vere fines that can re­sult, to­gether (with the loss of eight) de­merit points,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther, RCMP Queens District com­man­der. “The pass­ing of a school bus is in­ex­cus­able. This is about the safety of our chil­dren. Driv­ers need to un­der­stand the grav­ity of what is hap­pen­ing here. Driv­ers fail­ing to stop in th­ese sit­u­a­tions put our chil­dren’s lives in dan­ger.”

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